You do not have to wait 24 hours to report a person missing.
If you are concerned about a person and need to report them missing you can do this immediately.
You can report a person missing by phoning your local police force or by visiting your local police station. You can report to your own local police station even if the missing person lives in another part of the UK. Details of your local force can be found online using the Police UK website.
If you are deaf or hard of hearing you can register to text your police force.
If there is any reason why speaking to the police might be difficult for you, please contact us first for support. Phone our free 24 hour helpline 116 000
When you report a person missing the police will ask certain questions to gather a full picture of the missing person and their last known whereabouts. All the information you provide will help the police to search for the missing person, so it is important to provide detailed information. It can be helpful to write down the details before you call to make sure that you have all of the information in front of you.
The police may ask you the following:
Once the police have logged the above information you will be given a reference number. It is important to write this reference number down and keep a copy of it. If there is any information which you forgot to tell the call operator, or if any new information comes to light, you can phone 101 and quote your reference number.
Many missing people return within 48 hours. If the person returns, you will need to update the police via 101, quoting your reference number. The police may still want to see the missing person, to check that they are safe and well.
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